For when you don’t have time to hit the orchards.
We’ve got you covered when it comes to apple picking in Massachusetts, but when you’re craving a fresh-baked apple cider donut, you don’t have to travel too far to satisfy your cravings. Here are the best places around Boston to get them.
1. Blackbird Doughnuts, Multiple Locations
Blackbird Doughnuts old-fashioned apple cider donuts are a delectable autumn treat. Plus, they also have a vegan version topped with an apple cider glaze!
Find Blackbird Doughnuts at 492 Tremont St. in South End, 20 Kilmarnock St. in the Fenway, 100 Holton St. in Brighton, and 55F Union St. in Newton.
2. Red Apple Farm, North End
While you could go to Red Apple Farm’s pick-your-own farm in Phillipston, they also have a stall at the Boston Public Market, where their donuts are sold individually or by the dozen. You have the option to choose a classic donut rolled in cinnamon sugar or a cider-glazed variation — both of which are delicious. You can also stop by their cider bar of specialty drinks at the stall.
Find Red Apple Farm at 100 Hanover St., Boston.
3. Kane’s Donuts, Financial District
Kane’s Donuts just released its unique October flavor, a cake-style apple cider donut dipped in a honey glaze with a reduced Angry Orchard hard cider. But remember – these donuts are seasonal and won’t be available beyond November, so stock up while you can!
Find Kane’s Donuts at Two International Place, 90 Oliver St., Boston.
4. Union Square Donuts, Multiple Locations
Union Square Donuts is serving chai-spiced apple cider donuts this year that are handmade daily—and sell out fast. Make sure you stop by soon to pick some up.
Find Union Square Donuts at 20 Bow St. in Somerville, 409 Harvard St. in Brookline, and 401 Park Drive (Time Out Market), in Boston.
5. Volante Farms, Needham
In addition to growing a diverse selection of fruits and veggies, Volante Farm also boasts one of the best cider donuts in Greater Boston. If you can’t make it too far outside of the city, Volante’s cider donuts are available on weekends at Allandale Farm on the border of Brookline and Jamaica Plain.
Find Volante Farm at 292 Forest St in Needham, MA.
6. Wilson Farm, Lexington
Although it’s a little outside the city, Wilson Farm in Lexington has served great produce and baked goods since 1884. Along with cider donuts, it offers a large variety of produce at its farm stand. If you don’t want to venture too far out of the city, you can always have Wilson Farm’s apple cider donuts delivered via Mercato.
Find Wilson Farm at 10 Pleasant St in Lexington, MA.
7. The Donut Stand, Southboro
The flavors at The Donut Stand are ever-changing and increasingly creative. Founded by two former Oleana line chefs, the weekly menu features seasonally rotating combinations that will blow your taste buds out of this world. Their Apple Bismarck features a brioche dough, filled with a homemade apple jam made with handpicked apples from Honey Pot Orchards, and tossed in cinnamon powdered sugar!
Find The Donut Stand at 154 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
8. Twin Donuts, Allston
The neon red vintage sign is an invitation that might catch your eye, but the donuts here will make you stay. Twin has been servicing the Boston area with some of the best, most affordable donuts for decades.
Find Twin Donuts at 501 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
9. Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow
You might come here to pick apples, but do not leave until you’ve tried their apple cider donuts! They might be some of the best in the state! The combination of buttermilk, perfectly ripe apples, and sugar coating is a perfectly executed version of this classic donut.
Find Honey Pot Hill Orchards at 144 Sudbury Rd, Stow, MA 01775
10. Harvest, Harvard Square
Pastry chef Josh Livsey is notorious for creatively debuting seasonal donuts around Halloween at this upscale Harvard Square dining destination. This fall’s menu is yet to debut, but as in past years, you’re likely to find very festive options like their “Poison Apple Cider Donut!”
Find Harvest at 44 Brattle St., Cambridge